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Wonders of Namibia (Fly-drive Safari) - Semi Customized

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Discover the hidden wonders of Namibia visiting Okonjima, Etosha National Park, Damaraland & Sossusvlei, the perfect mix of adventure and discovery.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 Depart the USA from your choice of gateway. FLY South African Airways to Johannesburg.

Day 2 Johannesburg: Airport Sun Intercontinental
Arrive into Johannesburg, after clearing customs make your own way to the hotel. Located 50 meters from the arrival and departure at Johannesburg International Airport. The hotel has 109 luxury guest rooms, 26 executive rooms, 2 executive suites, and 1 room for the disabled, 69 non-smoking rooms & 5 inter-leading rooms. Each room has air-conditioning, interactive TV System offering airline flight information, and satellite TV & pay movie channel. Each room also has direct dial telephone, voice mail, wake up call, modem connection, cell phone re-charger, express checkout, coffee & tea maker, hairdryer, minibar, attached bathroom with a separate shower and a separate closet. The hotel has a first class restaurant with an informal atmosphere, offering modern cuisine from breakfast through to late night a la carte dinning. The cocktail bar is an ideal meeting place for the international traveler. In-room dining with an optional “flight-friendly” menu is available. The hotel also has a health and fitness center, massage (by appointment), and indoor pool. Golf, tennis and IMAX Theater are all nearby.

Day 3 Windhoek: Olive Grove (B)
After breakfast, make you own way to the airport for your South African Airways flight to Windhoek. Arrive into Windhoek, where you are met by an AfricaTours representative and driven to the hotel. Olvie Grove offers a taste of Africa on arrival in Namibia. Olive Grove Guesthouse is situated close to Windhoek in a quiet, peaceful area. The open-air lounge, spa bath, plunge pool and tranquil garden all invite the visitor to unwind and relax under Namibia’s open skies. Whilst the comfortable lounge, bar and individual rooms cater for the every need of the discerning traveler, the emphasis remains one of simplicity and elegance.

Day 4 Omboroko Mountains: Okonjima Bush Camp (BLD)
After breakfast you will be driven to the Avis office to pick-up your rental car and set off on your journey to Okonjima via Okahandja. The latter village is known as the garden town of Namibia and is famous for the woodcarvings that are sold there. Visit the wood carving markets situated in the main street of Okahandja before continuing to Okonjima. At Okonjima, home of the AfriCat Foundation, guests are given a first hand glimpse of the work done by the Foundation, and will see cheetah, leopard and lion. These carnivores are researched and rehabilitated by AfriCat, as are other game species introduced into this area. Okonjima offers eight unique African chalets at the Bush Camp. Activities include viewing and photographing big cats, guided and self-guided trails, game watching from a nocturnal hide and several bird watching hides. The welcoming staff at Okonjima will keep you busy from dawn till dusk.

Day 5 Etosha National Park: Mushara Lodge (BD)
After completing the Bushman walk, depart via Otjiwarongo, Otavi and Tsumeb to the eastern gate of Etosha, where you will find Mushara Lodge. Enjoy an afternoon of self-drive game viewing. Etosha National Park undoubtedly one of the greatest game parks of the African sub-continent invites you to an unforgettable safari experience. The heart of the park is Etosha Pan - a gigantic shallow depression in the ground surrounded by mixed woodland of Tamboti, wild figs, maroela and different species of acacia hosting a great variety of big and smaller game in its natural habitat. Etosha attraction is not only in the variety of game but also in its unique landscape. The great white expanses, interesting diversity of trees and shrubs set it apart from other parks in Africa. Etosha’s large and divergent concentrations of game depend on water holes for their survival, making for excellent game viewing opportunities at the watering holes. The Park gets its name from the Etosha Pan “the great white place of dry water” The best time for game viewing is during the winter months (May – August) and before the rainy season (the rainy season is November – April). (Approximately 326 kilometers (203 miles, approximately 3 – 4 hours). Mushara Lodge is situated on the Eastern outskirts of the Etosha National Park, approximately 10 kilometers from the Von Lindequist Gate. Accommodation at Mushara Lodge is in 10 air-conditioned double rooms, all with direct-line telephones and en-suite facilities. Named after the purple pod terminalia, Mushara Lodge provides a superior service to its guests in the form of a dedicated and friendly staff, outstanding accommodation and excellent cuisine.

Day 6 Etosha National Park: Mushara Lodge (BD)
Enjoy a morning and afternoon of self-drive game viewing.

Day 7 Etosha national Park: Ongava Lodge (BD)
After breakfast you will make you way to the western side of Etosha National Park stopping en-route at the numerous water holes to view game at close quarters. Enjoy an afternoon game drive at Ongava Lodge. Ongava Game Lodge is situated along the southern boundary of Etosha National Park in the privately owned Ongava Game Reserve. Ongava is the ideal place from which to base your activities when visiting Etosha. Accommodation comprises 10 (12 from July 2004) air-conditioned brick, rock and thatch chalets, each with en-suite facilities. Meals are either served in the main dining area under thatch with a view over the camp's water hole - or on the dining deck under the stars. Activities include game drives in open 4x4 vehicles into the Okaukuejo area of Etosha where Lion, Elephant, Cheetah, Gemsbok, Springbok, and Hartebeest can be seen at many of the water holes in the park. In addition, night drives, hides and walks with armed guides are enjoyed on the private reserve. Ongava has resident White and Black Rhino, giving guests staying at Ongava the opportunity to see both species.

Day 8 Southern Damaraland: Mowani Mountain Camp (BD)
After a morning game drive and breakfast, depart for Mowani. On the way you can head via Twyfelfontein where one finds an incredible number of Bushman rock engravings and paintings. You can also visit the Petrified Forest where one finds dead and "living" fossils - trunks of petrified trees, some up to 30m long, scattered over the open veldt, as well as the unique Welwitschia plant. You can also visit the Organ Pipes, a geological curiosity, and a mass of perpendicular dolerite pillars roughly 100m long and up to 5m in height. "Mowani" is taken from the word M'Wane, meaning "Place of God” and it is here, that you will find the true meaning of peace and tranquility. Mowani Mountain Camp nestles amongst the boulders of this beautiful area on a high spot commanding distant views over the ancient landscape. The luxury tented accommodation is built unobtrusively, so as to ensure minimum impact on the natural environment. The stilt-like supports of the tents ensure that very little excavation was needed in order to create this special oasis. Much care has been taken with the design of the public areas, creating the impression of an African Village, with dome-like thatched structures that blend in with the imposing boulders which are scattered around the outcrops. The tents are built on stilts with a wooden deck, attached bathroom, hot & cold showers and a flush toilet.

Day 9 Southern Damaraland: Mowani Mountain Camp (BLD)
After a leisurely breakfast, undertake an excursion to the surrounding areas of the Twyfelfontein, Burnt Mountain and the White Lady. Return to the Camp for lunch or a leisurely afternoon by the pool. Activities are for own account

Day 10 Swakopmund: Swakopmund Hotel & Entertainment Center (B)
After breakfast, continue via Uis and Henties Bay to Swakopmund Namibia's premier seaside resort which resembles a Bavarian village with its many 19th Century buildings harking back to its colonial past. Hedged by the desert and wild Atlantic, Swakopmund offers old world charm, a relaxed atmosphere and a host of activities. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. A 4 star luxury hotel built in and around the impeccably restored old station building. From the light and airy Reception Hall, to 90 spacious rooms and 2 sumptuous presidential suites, the Hotel combines renowned Namibian hospitality with the first word in service and style. The Pool Area is an oasis; a welcome respite from the desert, the gaming tables and slot machines in the Mermaid Casino, or perhaps the cinemas, video arcade or action bar to be found in the Entertainment Center. The Tavern, an action bar with live entertainment and dancing, is the perfect place to sample Namibia's famed crisp and cool beers. The Spitzkoppe Conference Center is able to accommodate up to 350 delegates with ease. The Platform One Restaurant is the place to feast to your heart's content on Namibia's bountiful sea harvest. Beyond the Hotel's many delights, our PRO will be only too pleased to arrange any of the following attractions on your behalf: Gym and aerobics classes, tennis on 4 Olympic size courts, horse and camel riding excursions through the awesome scenery of the Namib desert, and use of the Rossmund Golf Course- one of only four desert golf courses in the world. Should you have children, kiddies crèche is just one more of our many special facilities.

Day 11 Sossusvlei: Little Kulala (BD)
This morning you will depart at 8:30 am on a seal and dolphin cruise. This takes you through Walvis Bay Harbor, the fishing factories and Russian trawlers. From here on to Bird Island, Pelican Point and back via the lagoon where a variety of birds such as pelicans, flamingoes and cormorants can be seen. A highlight is wild seals boarding the boat to be feed by hand. Fresh oysters, champagne and snacks are enjoyed at the seal colony where dolphins join the fun around the boat. Return to Swakopmund in time to drop your rental vehicle at the airport before you catch your flight. Please note that your luggage is restricted to 10 kg per person (22 lbs). Meet your pilot at Swakopmund Airport at 3:00 pm and commence on your Dune Hopper flight along the coast and over a sea of dunes to the Sossusvlei area. On landing, board a short transfer to Little Kulala, where you check in and spend the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. Situated south of the Sesriem gate to Sossusvlei lies the 21000 hectare Kulala Wilderness reserve, the closest reserve to Sossusvlei itself. Little Kulala offers magnificent dune scenery to the west and the rugged Namib mountainous escarpments to the north and east, with grassy plains and “fairy circles” in-between. Little Kulala is located on the dry Auab River bed. The camp comprises eight thatched and canvas chalets or “Kulalas” (Swahili meaning ‘to sleep’) on elevated decks. Each unit has its own private bathroom and wrap-around verandah with a small plunge pool. An external staircase leading to the flat rooftop above the bathroom provides the ideal setting to spend the evening stargazing in private.

Day 12 Sossusvlei: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge (BLD)
Awake early for a dawn departure with the Wilderness shuttle to the towering dunes of Sossusvlei. Visit and climb the highest dunes in the world, returning to the Lodge for lunch. After a cooling break in the pool, join a scheduled afternoon transfer/scenic drive to Wolwedans, situated in the heart of the Namib-Rand Nature Reserve. Arrive at Wolwedans Dunes Lodge in the late afternoon and book into your beautiful chalet with its own private verandah and a breathtaking view of the dunes, plains and distant mountains. Freshen up and join everyone for sundowners on the deck before you enjoy a three-course candlelight dinner under a blanket of stars. Wolwedans Dune Lodge is situated in the heart of the NamibRand Nature Reserve. The lodge accommodates eighteen guests in spacious chalets, which have been built on wooden platforms. Four of these chalets are directly accessible from the main complex by a wooden walkway. The front section of each chalet can be opened onto a verandah with a 180-degree view, in case of wind and rain, canvas blinds can be lowered within minutes. Each chalet is furnished with two over-sized beds, bedside tables, a coffee table, and two comfortable chairs and has en-suite facilities with shower, two washbasins and flush toilet. The Lapa consists of a lounge, dinning area, terrace and open-plan kitchen. A spacious sundowner deck provides a relaxed atmosphere and unique dining conditions. Unspoilt nature experience on the scenic drives, personal care by personnel and the exclusivity of the camp will make you stay the highlight of your visit to Namibia.

Day 13 Sossusvlei: Wolwedans Dunes Lodge (BLD)
After breakfast, depart on a day-safari on the NamibRand Nature Reserve with a delicious picnic lunch served en-route. Absorb the unique NamibRand Nature Reserve landscape during a morning and afternoon excursion by Landrover through the dunes, endless grassy plains and along mystical mountain formations. You could encounter large and small desert animals, learn about their unique habits and explore the ancient hunting spots of the Bushmen. Revel in the incredible landscape around you and Wolwedans commitment to care for guest and nature alike. Here in this land of stretching blue skies, endless plains and countless creatures enacting natures savagely exciting passion play, you will find beauty feeding your soul, tranquility to clear your mind and space for your imagination to fly!

Day 14 Departure (B)
Awake in the pristine desert dawn and soak in the atmosphere and landscape from your bed whilst enjoying early morning tea. After breakfast at leisure, you are driven to the airstrip for your flight via light aircraft to Windhoek. Arrive into Windhoek and connect with your flight to Johannesburg and connecting International Flight.

Day 15 Arrive into the USA.

Rates for the Wonders of Namibia (Fly-drive Safari) - Semi Customized

Land, per person double occupancy

01 Jan '14 - 31 Dec '14 $7,040
Single Supplement $1,440
01 Jan '15 - 31 Dec '15 $6,395
Single Supplement $1,065

Land and Air from New York, per person double occupancy

20 Aug '14 - 04 Oct '14 $9,270
05 Oct '14 - 23 Dec '14 $9,520
24 Dec '14 - 06 Jan '15 $8,230
07 Jan '15 - 31 Mar '15 $8,755
01 Apr '15 - 31 May '15 $9,125
01 Jun '15 - 19 Aug '15 $9,615
20 Aug '15- 04 Oct '15 $8,855
05 Oct '15 - 23 Dec '15 $9,125

Price Includes:

  • Accommodation for 12 nights
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages at Little Kulala & Wolwedans Dune Lodge (except premium alcohol & champagne)
  • Laundry at Little Kulala & Wolwedans Dune Lodge
  • FLIGHTS: Swakopmund– Sossusvlei – Windhoek
  • Game drives and park entry fees
  • Automatic Rental Car for 8 days (included collision damage waiver, theft/loss waiver/ personal accident insurance, windscreen damage, tire/rim/hubcap damage, unlimited mileage)

Price Excludes:

  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages (except at Little Kulala & Wolwedans Dune Lodge)
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Laundry (except at Little Kulala & Wolwedans Dune Lodge)
  • THE LAND ONLY PRICE EXCLUDES FLIGHTS FROM JOHANNESBURG TO WINDHOEK TO JOHANNESBURG
  • Airline Taxes
  • R1,231 Fuel deposit (approx. $170), R25 contract fee (approx. $5) & R136 additional driver fee (approx. $208) and R493 accident claim handling fee (approx $75) to be paid for directly, R178 traffic administration fee per fine (approx $27).

 

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